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Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground

12325 Rafter J-Bar Road, Hill City, SD 57745
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Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Moncton, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We stayed at the Rafter J Bar Ranch property near Hill City, SD for three nights. The cabin was so clean - and very well maintained. Basically a one-room cabin with a separate bathroom. Make sure to bring everything you need (sheets, pillows, blankets, dishes, cutlery, towels etc.) as nothing is provided (except for the fact there is a Keurig... More

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lake quivira, ks
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We found this campground purely by chance in 2012. We were on our way home from Montana and decided to go via the Black Hills. Neither my husband or I had ever been to the Black Hills and we were so wonderfully surprised by how beautiful this area is. Our experience was enhanced by being able to stay so close... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Most friendly and the cleanest campgrounds, and you can't beat the all you can eat pancakes breakfast with a great view of the black hills. It has very good security. The staff are the friendliest bunch of people I've ever met. We can't wait to return next year. Note: This campground is in Hill City, SD

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Tampa, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and wished we stayed longer! Our tent site was in the Ranch Camp loop right across from the bathrooms. It was a quiet, convenient spot. We didn't use the pool but it looked clean. The breakfast in the morning was great. We enjoyed the pancakes and biscuits & gravy. Very cheap, too! The campground... More

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huntington beach
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We really enjoyed our time at this campground. We stayed in the little cabins. It was a very pretty setting. I guess one could get closer to Mount Rushmore but it was about a 15 minute drive to the monument. We really liked the pancakes and sausage that was prepared in the morning near the back of the little grocery... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We ended up here because our reservation on an RV with Cruise America was messed up and we had no where to go that night with 3 kids. They said they had a comfort cabin available and we took it(it was $ 109 plus $ 3 bucks a night for my 9 year old one. we stayed 5 nights, we... More

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Milaca, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I am so happy we picked rafter j for our trip. Of all the campgrounds we drove by, this one is definitely the only one to stay at. We had a comfort cabin. Cabin was clean and cute. Small but worked for us 2 adults 2 kids. Beds are not comfortable but we survived. Bring ext cord and power strip... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We travelled from Manitoba and stayed for 6 nights at the Rafter J. The location was great for seeing all the sights in the area, very close to Hill City and Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park. Our check-in was easy and they accommodated our move to another site to be close to others travelling with us.... More

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We are not campers so being in a small space (Comfort cabin) without a couch, cell reception and very spotty wifi was an adjustment. However, the cabin was in great shape. We couldn't hear a thing. The full-size bed is small and the waterproof mattress makes a sound every time you roll over. The kids loved biking around the campground... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Just returned from a great trip @ rafter J! The bike trail, pool, and pancake breakfast were great for our family! There is a great open field for playing ball, frisbee, or football. Some sites looked a bit tight, but most had large trees between them. Finally, there were no bugs! Very close to Rushmore, Needles hwy, crazy horse and... More

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Additional Information about Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground

Also Known As:
Rafter j Bar Ranch Campground Hotel
Rafter j Bar Ranch Campground Hotel Keystone
Address: 12325 Rafter J-Bar Road, Hill City, SD 57745
Location: United States > South Dakota > Hill City
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty lodging in Hill City
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An upscale campground offering tent and trailer camping. ... more   less 

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